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handles the changing reality in washington. meanwhile, breaking news tonight, the nor'easter bearing down on new york and new jersey tonight. new york city's death toll has risen tonight. we are live in one of the hardest hit areas. joining me now, top strategist, david axelrod. >> it was a great night to be in that room with that crowd and the sense of joy frankly and spoke to the young volunteers and staff. and it was a very movingen counter. when was the moment that you thought we've got this it is all going to plan. >> when the vote started getting counted we knew quickly we have a fairly sophisticated model. we knew when we were hitting our targets and our folks were skilled and when we saw the votes coming in, in ohio and virginia, and then in florida, there was a sense that this could be an earlier evening than we thought. we looked at the demographics. pretty much across the board you had a good night on women, independence, younger people. african-americans, it was a pretty big sweeping area of people coming into vote again for you guys. were you pleased about the level of the tu
forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. >>> good morning, washington dc. so glad you're starting your day with cnn. take a look there at the white house. you know folks are up and adam early trying to work out a deal on that fiscal cliff looming over all of us. you can say that 50 never looked so good, "sky fall" hoped last night, 50 years after the original. this is daniel craig's third turn as a super spy and the movie is making a killing. "variety" reports that the movie could take in $80 million in it's u.s. opening. most in franchise history. >> just because the election is over doesn't mean the politicians aren't still targets. the late night comedians had their way with washington last night, take a look. >>> i heard a update, power outages, anybody here? i heard a update from com-ed, the electricity company, they said the republicans flow be without power for the next four years. >> speaking of mitt romney, now that he's out of the presidential race, he will no longer receive protection from the secret service. or as big bird put it -- sup? >> 75% of the gas s
. >>> welcome back, everybody. you're watching our special coverage of the election live from washington, d.c. this morning. with less than 24 hours to go, the candidates are focusing on the biggest prizes. those elusive swing states. right now, cnn has pennsylvania lean obama but both campaigns are fighting for the key stone state. today president obama is deploying bill clinton there, for four campaign stops. just one day after mitt romney took the state in pennsylvania, the theme from "rocky." pat toomey is a republican senator from pennsylvania. he campaigned with both romney and paul ryan this weekend. he joins us this morning. nice to see you, sir. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, thanks for having me. >> appreciate that. we've heard sort of mixed messages on the state of pennsylvania. so lay it out for me. listen to republicans, they say pennsylvania is definitely in play. if you talk to the democrats, david plouffe said it's a sign of desperation to talk about pennsylvania. let me play for you what he said and then we'll answer that on the other side. >> we have a great
washington, d.c. so, brianna, i guess you have this fiscal cliff, that the administration is dealing with, at the same time you have this unfolding scandal. how is the administration, or has the administration really been dragged into the scandal? >> it's certainly been a distraction. if you watched the white house press briefing yesterday you could see almost all of the questions revolved around this scandal involving generals petraeus and allen. so we know that. certainly. but, jay carney, the white house press secretary, was downplaying this was a distraction, saying the president is still very much focused on the fiscal cliff. we do know, however, that this situation has taken some of the president's time, a limited amount of time, carney said. but at the same time, we know that a lot of staff hours get dedicated to something like this kind of scandal. meantime, carney said that president obama still thinks very highly of general allen. he said that he thinks highly of the job that he's done in afghanistan, and of his service. here's what he said yesterday. the first time that carney
in congress. they came before our cameras yesterday in washington, john. they did talk about the election being a voice from the american voters for a call for compromise. and you heard both men talking about working together to fix the country's problems along with the president. but at the same time, you also heard both men laying down markers and both men disagreeing on whether whether it comes to the fiscal cliff the wealthy should be taxed. take a look at what they said. >> it won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight. certainly won't do it in a lame duck session of congress. and it won't be solved simply by raising taxes or taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff. >> the vast majority of the american people rich, poor, everybody agrees that the rich, richest of the rich have to help a little bit. >> another disagreement, john boehner the house speaker talking about doing a framework but getting a new deal done with the new congress. harry reid saying let's not kick the can further down the road. negotiations really get under way next week when both sides of the house an
's plans. and on the other side of the aisle, how will the gop handle the changing reality in washington. >>> meanwhile, breaking news tonight, the nor'easter bearing down on new york and new jersey tonight. just nine days after super storm sandy. new york city's death toll has risen today to 41 from sandy. and the airlines have been forced to cancel more than 1700 flights. we are live in one of the hardest hit areas. joining me now, top strategist, david axelrod. david, you must be feeling pretty chafed? >> yes, it was a great night, piers. to be in that room at mccormick place last night with that crowd and the sense of joy and idealism and patriotism, frankfully, that was evident in that room. and today the president came by the campaign headquarters and spoke to the young volunteers. not volunteers, but staff. and it was a very moving encounter. so this has been a tremendous 24 hours. >> when was the moment last night, if you're honest, that you thought, we got this, it's all going according to plan? >> when the vote started getting counted we knew quickly we have you know, we have a
with all these challenges that are known in washington as the fiscal cliff, but to the rest of the country they're known about fairness to middle class families who are trying to basically have a tax code that works for them, rather than against them. health care and retirement security, and there will be reforms in changes. you also have to have a president that has the right values for the middle class, and i can go back to remembering what happened in 1996. we had a healthy debate. nine months later we had a balanced budget agreement, and it was different because the president of the united states was able to lead, and i think with the house democrats, there are races throughout the country as there are in the senate, and i think they are very, very close, and i think on a close election there may be a little push where i think president strengthens. >> just two words. compatriot in arms, at least in this election. david axelrod said he is utterly confident of victory. are you? >> david is close to it, people know a basic core point. the president has shown the leadership over four year
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is good. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> houston, waikiki, washington, d.c. they sound like great vacation destinations and all these places have received star treatment. that's because the president stayed in these places, and you can, too. we started with a hotel in the epicenter of all things political: the madison in washington, d.c. >> the madison is named for james madisomadison, the fourth president of the u.s. the father of the constitution has also hosted some presidents. george bush stayed there when he was in transition to the white house, so, you know, it's got lots and lots of history going on there. it's also a prime position in d.c. only five blocks from the white house. jfk attended the opening in 1963. it costs about $179 a night. >> let's go west coast now. san francisco. what president has stayed at the fairmont hotel there? >> the first fairmont was opened in 1906 and it's on knob hill so it's a prime, prime position. it's actually where the u.n. was drafted in 1945. lots of history there, too. while you're in san francisco, make sure you take a tram, go across
in washington. >> diplomats in the region and around the world are working hard behind the scenes to stop this from becoming an all-out war. what are you hearing? >> wolf, you mentioned defense secretary panetta traveling in asia. all that way, made the phone call to ehud barak, the israeli defense minister, to talk about the secretary of state hillary clinton firing up the diplomatic phone lines. look at who she's been talking to in the last few days. she's been talking of course to the israelis, the egyptians, the jordanians, the turks, everyone in the region to see what can be done. the state department spokeswoman, victoria nuland today also hitting the message hard, de-escalation. listen to what she had to say. >> in all cases her message has been the same, that we are urging a de-escalation of this conflict. we are urging those countries with influence on hamas and other groups in gaza to use that influence to get a de-escalation. >> wolf, our correspondence as you know across the region, gaza, israel watching this every minute, wolf. >> we're watching it as well. thank you. let's g
? >> reporter: well, there are a lot of conspiracies in washington and i always look to see what they're based on. the cia in particular is not, i think, under any increased scrutiny when it comes to the benghazi investigation about anything they did or didn't do. of course congressional members on those oversight committees have a lot of questions. they'll have an opportunity to get some of those questions answered next thursday when there's a closed session briefing. michael morrell who is leading the cia at the president's request a career cia officer and he'll be the one who's in the hot seat to answer those questions. but the real probably target of any of the political back and forth that was going on over benghazi was the white house. this was very much being used sort of as a political tool, if you will, to say that the administration wasn't being transparent. i don't know that throwing david petraeus under the bus would be something that's all that plausible, to be honest. >> the questions about what the ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, had reported, that her information came from
in washington, education reform seems to be more likely to get bipartisan cooperation. but the president can do quite a bit using his executive authority to achieve some changes in energy policy on his own. you mentioned a foreign trip that is right. the president and the white house have announced he will be going in about ten days overseas. he will visit cambodia and thailand and myanmar where he will visit with the now freed leader aun san su kyi. >> he had a phone call yesterday with the republican leadership with john boehner, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. is he planning on sitting down with those two republican leaders any time soon? is the white house saying? >> reporter: there's nothing announced for a leaders meeting so far. but i am certain, wolf, that that will be coming because there's such important negotiations ahead. i'm told that the president's conversation with speaker boehner was courteous, it was brief. and i'm told that they also discussed the importance of keeping their public statements vague or general enough so that they leave themselves enough private n
%, but that was in the sampling error. this one from washington, d.c. and the "washington post" has the candidates locked in a tie at 48%, also with a margin of error. the polls find romney's favorability at 53%, just shy of obama's 54% rating. so how close are president obama and mitt romney in the electoral race? we have an interactive way for you to keep track and to see your ballot before you actually cast a vote. josh lez is here with more on that. josh? >> obviously they both want to win the popular vote. as we know also, this is an electoral race. sometimes you tease me on line about how i move things all over the screen, i'm here to show you one you can do that's full of hard facts. the first thing i want you to see is where things stand in the electoral race to the presidency, to that magic number of 270. we have this up for you at cnn.com/election. you can go to each state and see how many electorals there are in each state and how it will play out when it starts coming in. a brand new incredible map i want to show you. this is cnn.com/explorer. this will help you get a sense of how massive this race ha
. that is because, of course, many of our early presidents were partiless like george washington or federalness like adams or wig like harrison. thanks for being part of my program this week. i'll see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable sources." . >>> this is the week when mother nature collide with politics, and we know who one. the climax of a tumultuous political season. the white house on the line. the news was all about this. >> as we come on the air, it is happening right now. hurricane sandy crashing on shore, winds now at 90 miles per hour, and this storm is so big, so vast, 60 million americans will feel its power. >> one of the worst storms that has ever hit atlantic city. this city is basically underwater. >> it is the most powerful storm to hit the region since they start keeping track. >> it feels like i am standing 100 feet into the ocean. these are real waves coming along. you can see them behind me. >> did this saturation coverage of hurricane sandy wipe out the campaign or just send it underground? were news agencies catering to the interest of the damaging storm? why has there
storm, sandy who cannot return home or have no home anymore. our joe johns is following us in washington on this story. but what he is following is that new jersey governor chris christy is now saying that people in the affected areas of new jersey, people affected by hurricane sandy can now vote electronically. they can vote by e-mail and they can vote by fax. it is an interesting turn. joe, what are you finding out about this? >> well, it's a very interesting turn, don. as you said, in response to the super storm, the governor has issued a directive. this is for misplaced voters that can submit ballot applications by e-mail or by fax to the county clerk. the clerk sends them a ballot and then they have to return that ballot by about 8:00 p.m. on tuesday. it sounds highly unusual. to some, it may sound off the wall. but the fact of the matter is, in an emergency situation, there is some precedent for it. the united states actually has a program for military and overseas voters to basically do very similar things. so chris christie is taking a page from that pramt aogram and trying to fi
out of. for example, we think that folks in washington, especially men, should not try to control health care choices that women are perfectly capable of making themselves. >> now, madison, we had a president that shared these beliefs. his name was bill clinton. when he first came into office, his economic plan asked the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more so we could reduce our deficit and still invest in the skills and ideas of our people, and at the time the republican congress and a certain senate candidate by the name of mitt romney said bill clinton's plan would hurt the economy, would kill jobs, would hurt the job creators. does this sound familiar? turns out his math back then was just as bad as it is now. because by the end of president clinton's second term, america created 23 million new jobs. incomes were up. port was down. our deficit had turned into a surplus. so, wisconsin, our ideas have been tested. we've tried them. they worked. the other side's ideas have also been tested. they didn't work so well. after bill clinton left office during most of the last
, washington is none too happy about being left out of the loop as the fbi investigates the general petraeus sex scandal. >> it's rather shocking to find out candidly that we weren't briefed. >> it would have been nice to know before we saw it on tv. >> the president was certainly surprised when he was informed about the situation regarding general petraeus on thursday. >> meanwhile, the top general in afghanistan allegedly caught red-handed exchanging flirtatious e-mails of his own with jill kelley. plus the debut of my new cnn colleague, the culinary superstar who will dine on anything, anthony bourdain is here. joining me is barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. every night i say right off the top, can any of us get our heads round this and how much more ridiculous can it get, and lo and behold, it gets more ridiculous. barbara starr, let's try and get to what we believe to be the facts behind all the kind of lurid, titillating headlines. a second general today, petraeus' successor in afghanistan, general john allen, a marine corps four sta
, every four years or so, inside washington. you start talking about what names will be replacing those who will be leaving. nothing official from the white house on this kind of movement, but one of the names that's been thrown around, senator john kerry, who helped the president prepare for the debates, has been talked about possibly going to state. there are other names being thrown around as well, and i'm sure those lists will continue to grow in the coming days. as for the president, nothing public on his schedule today, other than the presidential daily briefing, that will happen later this morning. the first one that will happen here at the white house, since his re-election. the president and the first family return here to the white house, late yesterday. the staff was planning to have a welcome out on the south lawn, but because of bad weather, marine one could not land here, so it was a low-key arrival. what's on the president's agenda, moving forward, you've been talking about dealing with the fiscal cliff, also the president has to work on trying to unite the country after
in libya. now what happens now that he's gone? suzanne kelly is in washington with that part of this big story. >> susan, as washington reels from the announcement not only that david petraeus is stepping down from the post, but also from the admission he was having an extramarital affair, a u.s. official has said the counter intelligence unit was investigating a tip that he was having an affair because they needed to determine whether there was a potential security risk. the official telling cnn there was no suggestion that the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing. now, if there were an official investigation focused on the cia director, that would have been something that the congressional oversight committees would have been briefed on. it's a matter of standard procedure, but according to a congressionp aide familiar with the matter, the house and senate intelligence committees weren't told about the investigation until just hours before the director announced his resignation. as for questions over whether the timing of the resignation, coming just before genera
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into the driver's seat. i will never allow politicians in washington to control health care choices that women should be making for themselves. so, wisconsin, we know what change is. we know what the future requires. we don't need a big government agenda or a small government agenda. we need a middle class agenda that rewards hard work and responsibility. we don't need a partisan agenda. we need a commonsense agenda that says when we educate a poor child, we'll all be better off. that says when we fund the research of a young scientist, her new discovery will benefit every american. we need a vision that says we don't just look out for ourselves. we look out for one another. we look out for future generations, and we meet those obligations by working together. that's the change we believe in. that's what this election is all about. now, let's be clear. achieving this agenda won't be easy. it's never been easy. we always knew that. back in 2008 when we talked about change, i told i wasn't just talking about changing presidents. i wasn't just talking about changing parties. i was talking about c
to affect their vote. in an abc news/washington post poll 47% believe romney would do a better job hand mg the economy. romney is more likely to improve the job situation compared to 42% for president barack obama. paul, i know you love these numbers. it's down to the wire now. i have the campaign schedule. it's crazy. what do they have planned on the final days to the race? >> it's all about location, location, location in the final four days of campaigning before the election. look at the map and where the president will be. look at the map and you get a sense of ohio, ohio, ohio is pretty important. the president making a number of stops in ohio and iowa. he's going end his campaign in iowa. this is the place where he got his first victory in january, 2008. if you look at the map for romney as well, a lot in ohio as well. other states there, one in particular is pennsylvania. he will be there spending one day over the weekend and so will his running mate, paul ryan. are they trying to put pennsylvania in play, a move of strength or desperation. they have different answers on that one. >
washington this morning. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> let's talk about these new laws put in place in many states across the nation. how will this affect voting tuesday? >> in 2011, the brennan center issued a report. when we first saw the onslaught of these laws being introduced across the country. we were extremely worried because it looked like up to 5 million voters would be impacted by these laws in such a way where many of them might have their right to vote encumbered. we issued a new report, however, a year later. it just came out last week -- early this week that showed that because of the pushback that happened across the country, because of the department of justice, citizen referenda, court and other initiatives, there has been a great deal of success in pushingi inin ining respect to these laws. that number is far fewer in terms of how many voters will be impacted. most courts have ruled where there has been litigation that these laws will not go into effect before the november 6th election. we are very hopeful and very exuberant about the fkt that many more v
. freezes job growth. i think the president was right the other day when he said he can't change washington from the inside, only from the outside. we're going to give him that chance. [ cheers and applause ] that's his way. my way is quite different. when i'm elected, i'm going to work with republicans and democrats in congress. i'm going to meet regularly with leaders in both parties. and i'm going to endeavor to find good men and good women on both sides of the aisle that care more about the country than they do about politics. and they're there, and we can make that happen. now, there's no question but you know that regardless of what he says, if the president gets re-elected, he's going to continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. i have a very different path. when i'm elected, we're going to change course on energy to build jobs, to help put the price at the pump. we're going to achieve north american energy independence in eight years. if the president were to be re-elected, i'm convinced he will continue to crush small business with his plan to raise taxes on them. to force
in washington with mitt romania any who is going to work with your governor, with your senator, to do things that will get more jobs for ohio and get this economy turned around and get those people back to work instead of having a $1 trillion welfare economy that nobody is happy with. people want to go back to work. >> let talk about your home state of virginia, coveted prize certainly for both candidates what. makes the romney campaign think that they can capture virginia at this point? >> well, we are leading in virginia with independents, just like we are leading in ohio and everywhere, and in virginia we're very concerned about, first of all, the president's tax increases are going to hit our economy just like they are going to hit ohio very hard. two-earner families are going to get hit hard and our small businesses will get hit hard. we have a big small tech industry and the tax increases will put our small businesses in jeopardy at the same time it -- >> let me interrupt you here -- virginia unemployment though is among the lowest in the country at 5.6%, so how will you combat that? >
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back to the message of change from 2008, saying not talking about changing washington, but bringing americans' voices into washington and talking about himself as a unifier, clearly a mantle he is picking up in the wake of his leadership role in the role he's taken after superstorm sandy. >> it's amazing. the twist and turns this race has taken, i guess every presidential race does in the final days. a new polling out from colorado, still a very tight race there. what does it mean for next tuesday? what do the number show? >> the numbers in colorado show 50-48 for the president. that's a statistical tie. this is a state that is going down right to the very end. you can tell that when you're here. the early voting. this is one of the places republicans have even a slight advantage. that's not the case in any of the other voting states. if you look at colorado, nevada, then to the midwest. you would have to say in the public polling, the president has a slight advantage. they're all close enough for this to play out on election day. but you mentioned it, and they talked about the stor
need help, they come to washington. and americans expect washington to help. there is a role for the commander in chief, for the president of the united states, when disaster strikes at home. that's what americans expect of their leader. >> were you pleased that the marathon was canceled? >> yeah. i think it was a smart move. i do. it's been -- new yorkers have been really terrific about this. people downtown in manhattan have been four days without light or power. the streets are dark. it's like sarajevo during the siege in the balkans and the thought of more people coming in on top of the people that are already there and the people in and out of hotels, trying to find places to get showers and restaurants closed, basically all of manhattan's population was jammed north of 40th street, so it only makes sense given the uncertainties of this and the pressure on services in manhattan and the discomfiture of people there, don't do the marathon. >> general wesley clark, thank you very much indeed. >> thank you. >>> coming up, rudy giuliani joining me from ohio. what happens when
in wisconsin, and a very small two-point edge in new hampshire. i'm joined by mark preston live in washington. mark, there's been a lot of talk about the president's handling of hurricane sandy and how it might affect this race. we get a glimpse of what americans think about this handling in a new poll by abc/"washington post." 78% of voters approve of the president's response, 44% say they approve of mitt romney's reaction. neither candidate is seeking to politicize this were tragedy overtly. but it really does beg the question, how could this affect this race? >> it certainly puts the president in the position of being a commander in chief and being the leader at the time of a crisis. and in many ways, he's gotten a lot of support of one of mitt romney's top surrogates, and that's chris christie. and just yesterday we saw president obama and chris christie in new jersey surveying the damage. let's listen to what they had to say about each other. >> i cannot thank the president enough about his concern and the compassion for our state. i heard it on the phone skand w able to witness it today
on the northern washington d.c. area, right there, fairfax county, arlington, go back four years, you see all that blue, this is the area most critical to president obama. he has to win the state of virginia, has to be a high turnout. when you call into the communities they think they'll get it fixed in time for tuesday but something to keep an eye on. >> john when you talked to the two campaigns, i know they don't want to talk about it this way but do either of them see this benefiting them, the end of the day, when push comes to shove? >> it's fascinating they give you the same answer and how rare is it the romney obama campaigns give you the same answer. they say we're not going to talk about that in any public way. privately they say they think it's a wash if the power comes back on. the obama campaign is worried about the early voting. the ads have not come down, the candidates have not been active in the effected states. so they're slugging it out on the air waves. privately both campaigns do think if there's any benefit it would be a slight benefit to the guy who is president of the un
talked about the campaign heating up again. and if you look at a poll from abc news,/"washington post," the question was, likely voters' views to the response to hurricane sandy, president obama was excellent or good, 78%, not so good or poor, 8%. no opinion was relatively high for governor romney. mark preston thinks that the president's handling of this disaster will lead directly to more votes for him. do you agree? >> i think it's quite possible. the president is doing what the president does best. i mean, you've heard governor christie say that he had talked to the president six times, and when he got together with him, he could feel the compassion that he felt over the phone. and that says a lot. here we have two men, who truly care about their country, coming together. and i think that's basically what america wants. they're tired, soledad, of all the bickering and nothing getting done. and the fact is that they came together, and i think that the president has taken the appropriate action. i'm very impressed. >> let's take a look at the battleground states and the polls that c
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